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Tuesday News: GOP Health Care Effort Collapses Yet Again; “America has a racial demagogue for a president” the VA GOP Is Fine with That


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, September 26.

  • Video: Jerry Jones And The Dallas Cowboys All Take A Knee And Link Arms For National Anthem!


    • Jim B

      Health care vote: Senator from Conn. last night said that only two repugs are against the bill as you cannot trust Rand Paul.

  • Photo du jour: one of the worst people in America (Roger Stone) and one of the worst people in Virginia (Corey Stewart)


    • woodrowfan

      GAH!!!! give people a warning before showing that won;t you?? geeezzeeeeee

      • Yeah, sorry, should have said “cover your eyes” or “some viewers may find this image offensive” or whatever. 😉

  • From VA-07 Dem Congressional (now-former) candidate Janelle Noble:

    It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I have made the difficult decision to end my campaign for the Virginia 7th Congressional District Democratic nomination. When I first launched my campaign, my number one goal was to ensure that the Democratic Party of the 7th district would have a real choice as to who would represent their ideals in 2018, and to promote a spirited, issues driven debate that would help move our district forward. I am encouraged to say that there are three candidates in Dan Ward for Congress, Abigail Spanberger for Congress, and Alli For Virginia who have honorably served our country, each of whom would continue to do so as our representative, along with Eileen Bedell for Virginia, who is a motivated and tenacious fighter for the beliefs that we treasure. I am looking forward to watching these four amazing people hold several forums and debates, and hopefully we will produce a candidate that will send David Brat home and give real representation to all of the people of the 7th district. I would like to thank everyone who has donated and helped me along the way. This has been an experience that I will never forget.

    ~ On Sen. Bob Corker ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the below statement following the announcement by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) that he will not seek re-election in 2018:

    “When I joined the Senate in 2009, Bob Corker was one of the first people I sought out because of his experience in business and local government. Since then, he has become a dear friend, and we have worked closely together on a number of budget and banking-related issues, particularly housing finance reform. No matter the challenge, you can always count on Senator Corker to bring a reasoned, thoughtful approach, and to make decisions based not on partisanship but on what he believes is in the best interests of the American people. I am sorry to hear of his decision not to run for another term in the Senate, but I appreciate his many contributions to the people of Chattanooga, where he served as mayor; to the State of Tennessee, where he served as Commissioner of Finance and Administration; and to our country. I salute his service, value his friendship, and wish him nothing but the best in the future.

    “I also hope this is a wake-up call to all of us in the Senate that we need to recommit ourselves to creating an environment where reasonable, thoughtful people of both parties can come together to solve problems.”

    Sen. Warner and Sen. Corker have worked across the aisle on a number of policy initiatives and reforms to the country’s financial system. In 2010, they partnered on bipartisan financial reforms that were included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In 2013, they partnered on bipartisan effort to reform the broken housing finance system, an effort that remains ongoing. That year, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress awarded Warner and Corker with its prestigious Publius Award for their bipartisan leadership in Congress.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision not to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy proposal before September 30:

    “Once again we have seen the failure of a Republican proposal that under the guise of a ‘health care’ bill, would have actually taken care away from millions of Americans and raised premiums for Virginia families. Graham-Cassidy would not only repeal the Affordable Care Act, but also would make drastic cuts to the core Medicaid program that’s a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of Virginia’s children, seniors and people with disabilities. The American people made their voices heard and helped stop this terrible bill. I’m pleading with my colleagues to stop trying to jam through one-party bills that would take coverage away from millions of people and break our health care system. Let’s heed the words of every major medical and patient care group by working together to improve it. We can do better, and I hope we quickly return to the bipartisan solutions we were working on in the HELP committee to stabilize the individual market and lower premiums. Enough is enough.”

  • From the Adam Slate for Congress campaign:

    Six months ago I began traveling Virginia’s 5th District talking to voters about the issues that matter most to us. In that time, both before and after formally declaring my candidacy, I have traveled thousands of miles through its beautiful countryside and met wonderful people. I am grateful for the welcome I have received, and am inspired by the passion I’ve seen in every corner of the district.

    I have gotten to know a handful of thoughtful and energetic opponents who have also been inspired to run for the 5th District Congressional seat. Running in a large field requires a great deal to fall into place quickly, and at this time, I do not believe I am in a position to continue pursuing the nomination. I am therefore suspending my campaign effective today.

    Throughout the campaign, we have discussed injustice. The injustice of the growing income gap between the very rich and the rest of us. The injustice of the most expensive health care system in the world not providing coverage for all of its people. The injustice of supporting natural gas pipelines at a time when we should be tipping the scales toward renewable energy. And the injustice of not giving hard-working people the training and other resources they need to be successful at tomorrow’s jobs.

    We have talked about the broken public dialogue that has led our country to doubt that we can work together toward a shared future, and about the need for people of faith and people of conscience to help find a moral center for our nation in order to get there.

    I want to thank everyone who has supported our effort with their donations and their time. You have been the backbone of this campaign.

    I want to thank the Democratic committees in each of the 23 localities in the district. You have been generous with your advice and your hospitality each and every time I’ve visited.

    And I want to thank our campaign team, and my family, for committing so much energy to delivering the message that everyone deserves to be treated with fairness and dignity.

    I have said that this campaign has been an extension of my values and my faith. I will continue to speak up for economic justice, voter justice, racial justice, and an end to the systemic policies and powerful influences that perpetuate them. I will also work hard over the next month for the election of progressive candidates in the 2017 elections, and I look forward to supporting the Democratic nominee in the 5th District next year. I hope you will join me in doing the same.

    With my sincere gratitude,


  • Dr. Ralph Northam today issued the following statement regarding the second major failure by Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in recent months:

    “Trump-Lobbyist Ed Gillespie refused to take a position on a bill that jeopardized healthcare for over 800,000 Virginians and cut $1.2 billion from healthcare in Virginia. As a doctor, the fundamental principle that guides my work is do no harm. Graham-Cassidy would have done the commonwealth’s healthcare system and economy senseless harm, and all for politics. Let this second spectacular failure to enact Trumpcare settle it: it is time for Congress to work on a bipartisan fix to and stabilization of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans must join the rest of the country in agreeing that the better way to cover more patients for less money is to build on the Affordable Care Act’s progress.

    “It will take real leadership to do the right thing for the American people and work on ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare. In the richest country in the world, no family should be one medical emergency or illness away from financial demise. I’m disappointed that my opponent would not join me in decrying the obvious — this bill would have done Virginians harm. We have all the tools to lead and innovate on making access to quality, affordable healthcare real for thousands of Virginians. As governor, I’ll keep fighting to expand Medicaid in the commonwealth and work to close our coverage gap for good.”

  • From Rep. Donald McEachin:

    Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following the Senate’s decision not to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill, the latest bill crafted to take healthcare away from millions of Americans:

    “Shame on Republicans for wasting time, taxpayers’ dollars, and what is left of the legislative calendar on considering another bad healthcare bill. The latest attempt to leave Virginians, and millions of Americans, without access to healthcare was a terrible version of the same old sad song. I urge the Republicans to embrace our true path forward: bipartisan updates to the Affordable Care Act; stabilizing the marketplaces, and ending any sabotage with the upcoming open enrollment.”